Round Trip Heart | ロマンス J-Film


Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan and the Japan Commerce Association of Washington DC

Life is all about good-byes. Romance lies only in good-byes.

A chance encounter and farewell that takes place over a single day, set against the picturesque scenery of Hakone. Come away on a life-affirming little journey...

Hachiko Hojo (Yuko Oshima) is one of the top attendants on the famed Odakyu “Romancecar” luxury express train that travels from Shinjuku, Tokyo to Hakone in Kanagawa prefecture. On a day like any other when Hachiko was about to return to Tokyo, she runs into a movie producer named Yoichi (Koji Okura). When it is discovered that Hachiko's estranged mother may still be in Hakone, he convinces her to seek her out. This launches the pair on an incident-filled road trip around Hakone.

Starring Yuko Oshima, Koji Okura, Yoshimi Nozaki.



Born in 1975 in Fukuoka, Japan, Yuki Tanada made her directorial debut in 2001 with MORU, which won the Grand Prix and Nikkatsu Brilliant Award at the Pia Film Festival. Documentary feature Takada Wataru - A Japanese Original ('04) premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival. In 2007, Tanada wrote the screenplay for the hit film Sakuran, helmed by Mika Ninagawa, which had its international premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2008, Tanada's One Million Yen Girl was screened at the Montreal World Film Festival and she was awarded the New Directors Award by the Directors Guild of Japan. The film also won the audience award at the Udine Far East Film Festival. In 2012, The Cowards who Looked to The Sky premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Round Trip Heart marks Tanada's return to directing her own original screenplay for the first time in seven years.

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